Brian Muelaner, trustee retired December 2017
Brian Muelaner worked for the National Trust for 27 years until 2014, most recently as their Ancient Tree advisor, and he has extensive knowledge of wood pasture and parkland sites across England. He was founder and Chair of the Cornwall ATF, which was the first fully affiliated regional ATF in the country, and has managed historic parklands containing some of the most important ancient and veteran trees in Cornwall. Brian leads the ATF's Strategy and funding, National Trust Partnership and Forestry Commission Partnership groups.
Reg Harris, trustee retired December 2017
Reg has worked as an arborist for 30 years, and is the director of an arboricultural contracting company that specialises in working on veteran trees. He is a lead assessor for the Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor Scheme, and was responsible for introducing the European Tree Worker qualification to the UK. Reg has a key role in liaising between the Arboricultural Association and the ATF. He regularly contributes to training courses on veteran tree work at Hatfield Forest for the National Trust, and is the founder of the East Anglian branch of the ATF.
Chris Knapman, trustee retired December 2017
Chris Knapman co-founded Devon Ancient Tree Forum in August 2005. He was a Plymouth City Council Tree Officer between 1995 and 2016 and now works as an independent ecological and arboricultural consultant. He is also an assessor for the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme and has worked as Tree Protection Officer for the RHS at Chelsea Flower Show. Chris is also a member of the Ancient Yew Group and is developing guidance with regard to their sensitive care and management. He is inspired by the aesthetics, biology and culture of all ancient trees and their associated treescapes. The developing field of conservation and heritage arboriculture is of particular interest.
Vikki Bengtsson, trustee retired March 2019
Vikki Bengtsson (Previous Co Vice Chair) has worked for the City of London and the National Trust, and now lives in Sweden where she works as an ecologist. Her prime interests are the protection and practical management of wood pastures and ancient trees. Vikki speaks fluent Swedish and has helped develop the ATF’s activities in Sweden, including the VETree project in which Pro Natura, the co-operative consultancy she works for, was a partner. She also delivers training in Sweden and England on the management and wildlife significance of ancient and veteran trees, and leads the ATF’s training group.
Neville Fay, trustee retired March 2019
Neville Fay was founding chair of the ATF for 12 years, and also founded the charity Tree Aid. As an Institute of Chartered Foresters chartered arboriculturist, and director of an environmental practice, he lectures internationally on ancient trees, conservation arboriculture, tree management and public safety. He sits on the National Tree Safety Group and the London Tree Officers Association, and co-authored ‘The Specialist Survey Method’, the national standard for surveying veteran trees. Neville is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association, and in 2009 was granted its Award for Services to Arboriculture. He led the ATF’s Pest and Disease working group.